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  • Gooch
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    Yep it is a Sea Pen a type of coral. Mine was in the 'closed' or protective stage. Nice! Thanks all now I have something new to look smart talking to folks. I need all the help I can get.

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  • JKD
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    Gooch - I a fairly certain what you are showing is a section of a "Sea Pen". Commercial long-liners pull up a lot of them off gravel or cobble bottoms. They are found in groups by the ADFG biologists using the small submarine for rockfish studies on the outside Coast of SE.

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  • kodiakrain
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    I call that stuff, "Cod Grass" as we hook it up in droves, when in an area with Good P Cod fishing,

    It's a plant, pretty slick to the touch, and must grow thickly in fields, down there in places.
    Sometimes it comes up so thick on Longline gear, like every hook has at least one stalk making it all the way to the surface.
    have seen a ton of that stuff over the years, but usually a lot deeper than you found that one, like 50-75 fathoms

    Sorry, have no idea what the official name is tho

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  • 0321Tony
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    Its ugly thats for sure

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  • Gooch
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    No it didn't move at all. I should have cut into it to see what was in there but it kind of freaked us out so we ripped the hook out and threw it over then realized we should have checked it out better. What was weird was those little feeler like things were only on 1/2 of it the underside was smooth.

    I think it was a plant but my buddy thinks it was some sort of weird animal. Still searching for the bulb photo.

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  • tailwind
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    I've seen similar things washed up on the beach in Kodiak. To be sure i'm gonna need a pic of that bulb...
    I think they are some kind of sea weed?

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  • homerdave
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    Did it move?
    Plant or animal?

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  • Gooch
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    It was 2 feet long about as big around as a quarter. On the other end was an egg sized and shaped bulb. I will try to find the photo of the head or bulb end. It was pretty hard and firm but very flexible. I snagged it in about 80 feet of rocky bottom.

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  • Dr.No
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    Originally posted by Gooch View Post
    I have no idea, caught in 80 feet of water on the bottom.
    Did it bite your hook?

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  • iofthetaiga
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    Originally posted by Gooch View Post
    I have no idea, caught in 80 feet of water on the bottom.
    I have no idea either, but at the time I am reading your posting, the Alaska Seafood industry is running an adjacent banner ad which reads "click here for recipes".... Good luck with that.

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  • homerdave
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    Got a better pic?
    How about a description... soft, spongy, slick... A little more info would go a long way.
    How big? What kind of bottom?

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  • Gooch
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    What is it?

    I have no idea, caught in 80 feet of water on the bottom.
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